When Boston took a 9-3 lead over the Royals in the fourth inning on Saturday evening at Fenway Park, a number of baseball writers began suggesting that the Red Sox looked like they were finally having fun — or something to that effect — in the wake of that recent nine-player blockbuster trade that jettisoned at least clubhouse cancer to the National League West.
But that narrative was torched rather quickly.
Kansas City rallied back for six runs in the seventh inning to tie the game 9-9, then broke through for the go-ahead tally in the 12th. The final score was 10-9. And the Red Sox are now 60-67 in 2012.
It’s going to be a long September off Yawkey Way. At least, that’s our narrative.
Your Saturday box scores:
Rockies 4, Cubs 3
Astros 1, Mets 3
Athletics 4, Rays 2
Twins 3, Rangers 9
Cardinals 2, Reds 8
Braves 7, Giants 3
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 8
Yankees 1, Indians 3
Angels 3, Tigers 5
Nationals 2, Phillies 4
Brewers 0, Pirates 4
Mariners 4, White Sox 5
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 3
Royals 10, Red Sox 9 (12 innings)
Marlins 2, Dodgers 8
I hope you don’t have any plans tonight at around 10PM Eastern time, because that’s when we get a pitching matchup for the ages as Max Scherzer will take on Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. When they meet tonight it will be the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. That year, and in 2005 and 2000, Roger Clemens faced Greg Maddux. In 2001 Clemens faced Pedro Martinez.
Kershaw won his hardware in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with an MVP award in 2014 to boot. Scherzer collected trophies in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Each has started the 2018 season in Cy Young form. Kershaw is 1-2, but that record is due to poor run support. He has a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 31 batters and has walked only three in 26 innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and a whopping 38 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 27 innings.
This will be the third time that Kershaw and Scherzer faced each other if you include the playoffs. The first meeting was a decade ago when both were rookies. They most recently faced off in Game 1 of the 2016 NLDS, way back when Scherzer only had one Cy Young Award to his credit. Kershaw beat Scherzer in that playoff game and the Dodgers beat Scherzer’s teams in the two regular season matchups, with neither guy setting the world on fire. As so often happens in baseball, the hype hasn’t been matched by reality.
Still, there’s always a chance it will. And even if, in the end, this turns into a slugfest, the first couple of innings should at least give us some hope of something good. I’ll be watching.